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  • Jun 28 / 2017
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Latin

Latin Homework Suggestion: Calgacus’ Speech

19th century print depicting Calgacus delivering his speech to the Caledonians

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Throughout history there have been a handful of speeches that have been remembered and elevated to the status of great works of oratory. Some of the most well-known include the Gettysburg Address, Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the movie “The Great Dictator” and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream…” speech. Today I’m going to be focussing on a speech that dating from the Roman invasion of England, delivered by Calgacus, chieftain of the Caledonian Confederacy who fought the Roman army of Gnaeus Julius Agricola at the Battle of Mons Graupius in northern Scotland in AD 83 or 84. Continue Reading

  • Jun 28 / 2017
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Education

How to Get a 5 on the AP Latin Exam

Declan, 12, Carmenta Latin Junior Student

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

I developed the following approach to preparing for and taking the AP Latin Exam over the course of more than two decades as a Latin student and teacher. The first part of this article covers the 6 steps students need to take leading up to the AP Latin Exam. The second part covers the 5 essential aspects of a good general Latin education, which top scorers need to have had as well. Continue Reading

  • Jun 27 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Art and Classics Series: The Apotheosis of Homer

“Apotheosis of Homer” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This article is part of a series intended to encourage teachers to use works of art in the classroom in order to develop students’ taste for classical studies. After all, we all know the proverb “a picture’s worth a thousand words” – a good visual can be tremendously effective in making a point, and there’s no reason not to apply this to the classics. In this article, I’ll be using one of my favorite paintings as an example, “The Apotheosis of Homer”. Continue Reading

  • Jun 27 / 2017
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Education

How to Get an “A” in Latin

Carmenta's Latin Conversation class puts Elizabeth, 16, and other Carmenta students on the accelerated track to true fluency in the Latin language.

 

By Andrew Kuhry-Haeuser, Carmenta Founder

Many students who study Latin at the grade school, high school, or university level consistently underperform both grade-wise and in their general competence in the language. This can be traced back to a number of common issues, including confusing and poorly organized textbooks, failure to develop an oral relationship with the language, insufficient and incorrect oral drilling of forms and rules of grammar, and incomplete command of steps for translating sentences. Continue Reading

  • Jun 20 / 2017
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Latin

Learning Latin with the Vulgate

“Saint Jerome in his study”, by Domenico Ghirlandaio

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

When I started my Latin studies many years ago, I wondered why my tutor wanted me to buy Collin’s “Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin”, a textbook generally used only in seminaries and Catholic colleges. My goal was to read Cicero and Vergil, and at first I didn’t understand why I was starting with the Vulgate. I soon realized, though, that the Vulgate is a great introduction to Latin and a bridge to more advanced texts. In this article I will share my experiences working with this Medieval Latin work. Continue Reading

  • Jun 15 / 2017
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Latin

Great Speeches of Mankind: “Against Catiline”

Cicero Denounces Catiline, fresco by Cesare Maccari

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This is the first of a series of articles about great speeches by classical orators. This first article deals with one of the greatest lawyers of mankind, Marcus Tullius Cicero, the famous Roman orator, writer, philosopher and statesman. In this short essay, I will demonstrate how Cicero’s speeches can be turned into effective and exciting homework for Latin students. Continue Reading

  • Jun 13 / 2017
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Latin

Homework Suggestion: the Magna Carta

King John signs the Magna Carta

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

There are an astonishing number of people who think that Medieval Latin has produced no great literary works. They couldn’t be more wrong! Medieval Latin has produced many true jewels of literature, including poetry, novels, and great legal documents like the Magna Carta. Continue Reading

  • Jun 08 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

The Ethics of Tragedy

Antigone in front of the dead Polynices by Nikiphoros Lytras

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Do we really need tragedy in our lives? At first the answer seems ridiculously easy. No, thank you.

Yet it seems to me that only tragedy can successfully nurture our inner ethical compass and our sense of empathetic compassion for others and for ourselves. Continue Reading

  • Jun 06 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Heinrich Schliemann: Archaeologist or Fraud?

A picture of Henirich Schliemann

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Most Classics teachers and students have heard of the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann and many see him as a great scholar who set an example for generations to come. Still, his reputation has been under attack for years, and many people now believe he was nothing but a fraud. In this article I’ll be discussing Schliemann and the controversy that surrounds him. Continue Reading

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